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INTRODUCTION TO ICE FISHING

 


Ice fishing is one of winter's most mysterious, exciting and fastest growing sports. This article, Modern Methods of Ice Fishing, helps you learn the sport of ice fishing, inside and out, front to back. First, you'll learn how fish use their senses to survive in their frigid winter environment, what they eat, and how they respond to various environments beneath the ice throughout the winter. From here, you'll see how to dress for the conditions, what equipment and gear is needed to get started in this sport, and how hydrographic lake maps, navigation equipment and sonar devices help you find fish hidden beneath thick layers of ice.

The real "heart" of the book is the section titled, "Winter Gamefish Techniques." It covers the basic winter patterns necessary to find and catch all of winter's most popular species, including sunfish, crappies, walleyes, saugers, yellow perch, northern pike, lake trout, stream trout, tullibee and even burbot. Each of the chapters in this section begins by introducing a species and a brief description of how to identify it, then shows you where you will be most likely to find the species throughout the winter on several types of waters, and the most prominent times to fish for them. Plenty of expert advice and tips are provided for each species, including some insights from noted ice-fishing guru Dave Genz. As inventor of the Fish Trap ice shelter and many other truly innovative ice-fishing products, Dave passes on his winter secrets gained from over 40 years of following the hottest ice bites across northern North America.

The book concludes with how to properly care and prepare your catches destined for the frying pan, and how to maintain their maximum freshness until you're ready to cook. And for those fish intended for release, you'll see the proper procedures for handling fish to maximize their chances of survival.

The real secret to icing more fish is knowledge, and Modern Methods of Ice Fishing provides all the background information, insights, and knowledge necessary to be a successful winter angler. The only thing that teaches you more is time on the ice.

Above all, as you learn this great sport, remember that the future of fishing is in the hands of our youth. So this winter, take the time to show a child how to fish. You'll be rewarded many times over when you see the joy in their eyes as that first fish is held for a photograph.